The downside of a social media obsessed, technology-driven world

A lot of good has come from the technological advances of the digital age we currently live in, but with the good comes the bad. On radio this morning, Glenn discussed two stories that reflect the worst of what social media and the Internet has to offer. Are we living in a world that no longer enjoys ‘real’ experiences? What are the implications of such a society?

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On Wednesday, the front page of the New York Post featured what many are now calling the ‘worst selfie of all time’. The photo features an unidentified woman taking a picture in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. The caveat: A man is standing on the railing of the bridge about to commit suicide behind her.

“There’s a guy up on the bridge in New York and he’s about to commit suicide and this girl’s down at the bottom of the bridge and she’s taking a selfie of herself with him in the background,” Glenn said. “Like, ‘Look I’m here with a guy who’s about to kill himself.’”

The Post captured the whole incident and approached the woman about her identity in motive. She refused to respond, which perhaps demonstrates she is somewhat remorseful for her inappropriate behavior.

“She might have been feeling ashamed at that point,” Pat mused. “You should be ashamed.”

“I think she was,” Glenn agreed. “But I mean that’s what we are now. Instead of saying, ‘Hey, everybody, let’s say a prayer for that guy,’ we all pull out our cellphones and just take pictures and videos of everything. Why?”

The other story involves the tragic passing of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker passed over the weekend. While many fans flocked to social media to express their sadness and offer condolences to Walker’s family and friends, not everyone was so respectful.

“You know they set up the makeshift memorial and one of his co-stars showed up… [and was] obviously distraught. I mean he’s crying. He’s grieving – a real friend grieving for a… real friend being lost,” Stu explained. “And it was just weird to see everyone surrounding there at the memorial just with their cameras up filming him grieving. It’s just weird.”

This incident followed the insensitive tweet sent out by Jezebel news editor Erin Gloria Ryan in the immediate aftermath of Walker’s passing, in which she wished Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had died instead.

Even more egregious, a writer for the online magazine Modern Women Digest, Adora Bull, has reportedly been taken into “police protection” and is on “suicide watch” after the Internet exploded with anger over her post entitled “The Top 5 Reasons I’m Glad Paul Walker is Dead.”

“What does that even mean? What did that guy do to her,” Glenn asked disgusted. “It is just people are not people anymore. We can’t be that way. We just can’t be that way… Change your ways. Help us stay the course.”

Glenn went on to describe how even his own encounters with fans have changed due to technology.

“We were talking about this earlier today. When I meet people, so many times people will be looking at their screen of their phone instead of looking at me,” Glenn explained. “They will be coming and approaching me with their phone out, and they are looking at me through the screen and they can’t even find my hand to shake my hand because they want to get that [picture].”

“It’s like you’re watching it on TV as you’re doing it. What are we doing,” he asked. “It’s just this weird thing we’re going through right now that I hope goes away, so we start to have real experiences again.”

  • Anonymous

    People have become numb.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Look before we attack this girl I want to know did she know this guy was trying to kill himself when she took the picture? I mean if she did than she not a great human being but if she did not know than she don’t deserve to be attacked for it. I have to know more.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    That Erin girl tho is a jerk but that is the left for you using someone’s death to spew political attacks.

  • landofaahs

    That along with reality or really non-reality TV. Too soon old and too late smart. They won’t listen.

  • Anonymous

    Erin, I live in Wisconsin too and I revere Scott Walker. I voted for him to stay in office during the recall election. Do you know why? He balanced our state’s budget within one term of office and he gave people the CHOICE, yes CHOICE, of whether or not they wanted to join a union. If you adhere to the ideals of the party of pro-CHOICE, then why would you stomp on someone’s choices? Or wish death upon a person who promotes choice?? Wouldn’t that be the exact definition of hypocrisy? Do you understand that when you run out of choices, freedom is non-existent? All things being said, prior to posting this I prayed to God to forgive you and I hope you change as a person, for YOUR sake. It’s your CHOICE.

  • Anonymous

    Liberal media is a dead fish that you can smell a mile away!

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    the only device i’m attached to is a space heater ’cause it’s so damn cold in seattle right now — the hummer feeder nectar is frozen solid.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a changing world and most people don’t know how to change themselves. Take the way business is being done today vs years ago. Everything is computerized with minimal human contact. You go to a restaurant and you order with an ipad. I’m not at all surprised at how the world is changing along with the morals of people. Now, just because a guy is on a bridge in the background, nobody has the right to condemn the young lady taking that picture. Is that guy ready to commit suicide? How does Glenn know that?

  • Elena

    Bummer! All that cold and no sunlight either. Suz — come to Texas-Mexico border where it’s hot and sunny pretty much year round. Down on the river, we say cold starts around 65 deg F. It frosts maybe once a year…I moved since I’m simply not going to shovel another snowflake! I no longer own a scraper or snow shovel. Most natives here don’t even know what they look like LOL Become a Winter Texan.

  • Elena

    What does God REQUIRE of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly w/Him. Try doing those things for one week, and see the world change for the better right where you are.

  • Anonymous

    The only difference between real experience and tech experience is that things look like they are happening more because it’s harder to ignore. The whole world is right in plain sight. There was an explanation about why people want to look at streaming video instead of look at the same person in front of them. It has to do with needing to share the experience with other people who are other places.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    i actually plan on doing that.

    thanks elena!

  • Kay

    About the selfie girl, who took her picture? And how dumb is the Post for taking a story about a guy who didn’t go through with the suicide and making it about a girl posting a selfie? There were cops up there, they were handling it. So who cares?

  • Guest

    Your antidote to the illusions conjured up by clowns like Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and Van Jones: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Guest

    Your antidote to the illusions conjured up by clowns like Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and Van Jones: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878